This year Oklahoma City turns the big 1-2-5. In honor of the 125th anniversary of our city’s founding, we are giving you a look back the history that made OKC the place it is today.
So today here are our top eight (1+2+5) headlines for March 18 that helped shaped our city:
- Boundary Committee to Make its Report Today - March 18, 1906. The initial report that led to the Oklahoma having 74 counties at its founding. Oklahoma currently has a total of 77 counties.
- Oklahomans Smash Hidenburg Line - March 18, 1919. This article highlights Oklahoman help in WWI.
- Oklahoman Set High Record with Circulation - March 18, 1930. With a circulation of 200,000 the Oklahoman had the highest readership in the Southwest.
- Earhart Speeding over Pacific - March 18, 1937. While not Oklahoma-related, our state has an amazing history in the aviation realm (read up on Wiley Post).
- We are Ready to Fight – Chamberlain - March 18, 1939. The beginnings of World War II are starting to take place.
- We Go on From Here - March 18, 1941. A front-page editorial urging Oklahomans to support the efforts to land a military supply and maintenance depot. Oklahoma City would eventually land that depot and it became Tinker Air Force Base. Tinker is a major economic driver of the Sooner State.
- Norick Wins in Unofficial Results - March 18, 1987. Ron Norick wins his first election to become mayor of Oklahoma City. Mayor Norick would be instrumental in the upcoming MAPS initiative.
- Humphreys, Liebmann Face Runoff - March 18, 1998. Kirk Humphreys would go on to win the mayoral election. Mayor Humphreys led the MAPS for Kids initiative that transformed metro public schools.